Phu Cat airport is located in Phu Cat District, Binh Dinh Province, 35 km away from Quy Nhon city northwestwards.
Phu Cat Airport was built in 1967 during the Vietnam War for the United States Air Force (USAF) by the American construction company RMK-BRJ. During the war, it was a major air base for the Republic of Vietnam Air Force and USAF. Until 1975, the airport was known as Go Quanh Airport. The airport was one of the major sites for Agent Orange recharge besides Bien Hoa Air Base and Da Nang Air Base. Due to heavy activities involving dioxin during the war, the ground at the airport was polluted with toxic chemicals and cleanup efforts are still ongoing. After 1975, it was used for training purpose by the Vietnamese Air Force and subsequently developed into a mixed-use airport for both regional civic air transport and military activities in 1984 following the suspension of civic service at nearby Qui Nhon Airfield. In September 1984, the airport served its first commercial flight.
On July 10, 2003, construction on a new 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) passenger terminal for the airport started. The terminal was completed in June 2004. It has a capacity of 600,000 passengers per year with 2 airplane gates, 6 check-in counters and 2 conveyor belts. The airport handled 420,000 passengers in 2014 and held an average 46% annual growth in passengers. The airport served 1.5 million passengers in 2017.
On February 13, 2017, works started on the site of a new passenger terminal for Phu Cat Airport. This terminal, built on a cost of US$22 million, would have a capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year with room for expansion up to 2.4 million. The new terminal opened on May 3, 2018 and completely replaced the 2003-built terminal.
The three current operating airlines comprise of Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific for routes of Quy Nhon – Ha Noi, and Quy Nhon – Ho Chi Minh city.
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